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Andrew Colyer on the Moody Blues Cruise with the Prog Rock Orchestra – Day One

Moody Blues Cruise 2014, Day One
Today we boarded the ship with the rest of the bands and passengers, and it’s really exciting to be here!  We’ve already been meeting other bands, hanging out with the passengers, and reconnecting with people from last year’s cruise.
Starship was the “sail away” band starting at 5 pm,
and the other bands/acts that performed today included:
The Moody Blues, Heavy Mellow, Cheap Thrill, Glass Hammer, Lighthouse,
Shawn Phillips, Danny Vaughn, and Carl Palmer.
I perform tomorrow night for the first time with the Prog Rock Orchestra!

Here are some pics from today:

Almost There!
Almost There!
Boarding our home for the next 2 weeks on the Moody Blues Cruise and the YES Cruise to the Edge
Boarding our home for the next 2 weeks on the Moody Blues Cruise and the YES Cruise to the Edge
Life Jacket Drill.
Life Jacket Drill.
I'm taking a picture of Prog Rock Orchestra bass player Joe Parker taking a picture.  This was on the TV in my room!
I’m taking a picture of Prog Rock Orchestra bass player Joe Parker taking a picture. This was on the TV in my room!
Starship opened the Moody Blues Cruise
Starship opened the Moody Blues Cruise
Sail Away Concert at the Pool Stage
Sail Away Concert at the Pool Stage
Glass Hammer - Day One
Glass Hammer – Day One
Lighthouse - Day One - this 10-piece band was awesome - very similar to Chicago
Lighthouse – Day One – this 10-piece band was awesome – very similar to Chicago
Glass Hammer Set List - Day One - these guys were great!
Glass Hammer Set List – Day One – these guys were great!
Pool Stage people at dusk
Pool Stage people at dusk
The Moody Blues Concert - Day One
The Moody Blues Concert – Day One – #1
The Moody Blues Concert - Day One - #2
The Moody Blues Concert – Day One – #2
The Moody Blues Concert  - Day One  - #2
The Moody Blues Concert – Day One – #3
This man is a True Fan.  He's waving a Vinyl LP at the Moody Blues!
This man is a True Fan. He’s waving a Vinyl LP at the Moody Blues!
Danny Vaughn performs music of The Eagles
Danny Vaughn performs music of The Eagles

Videos will be coming soon………………

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Andrew Colyer with Progressive Rock Tribute Band Downing Grey – Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “Tarkus”

While most tribute bands pay homage to one specific band, supergroup Downing Grey pays tribute to the entire genre of progressive rock – covering nine different bands.
Tarkus is the second album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1971.  This video was shot live on location at Keegan Ales, Kingston, New York, on December 7th, 2013.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, are a sporadically active English progressive rock supergroup. They found success in the 1970s and have sold over forty million albums and headlined large stadium concerts. The band consists of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). They are one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands.

Andrew Colyer with Progressive Rock Tribute Band Downing Grey – Genesis’ “Firth of Fifth”

While most tribute bands pay homage to one specific band, supergroup Downing Grey pays tribute to the entire genre of progressive rock – covering nine different bands. This Genesis song “Firth of Fifth” is from the 1973 album Selling England by the Pound.

This video was shot live on location at Keegan Ales, Kingston, New York, on December 7th, 2013.  This was lead singer Billy Spillane’s first performance with the band, with only ONE REHEARSAL before the gig!

Genesis are an English rock band that formed in 1967. The band consist of their three longest-tenured members: founding members Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (bass, guitar); and Phil Collins (vocals, drums), who joined in 1970. Former members Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute), Steve Hackett (guitar) and Anthony Phillips (guitar) also played major roles in the band in its early years. Genesis are among the highest-selling recording artists of all time, with approximately 150 million albums sold worldwide.

NAMM 2014 – Sunday – Day Four

Sunday, January 26th – last day at NAMM 2014!  Starting at 9:30 am with a ridiculously amazing one hour demonstration of PG Music’s Band-In-A-Box, the day continued with talking to the Directors of Digital Strategy and Artist Relations from JAMMIT software about doing a series of keyboard videos for them!

Have you checked out the music industry network Numubu?  It’s a great way to stream live concerts.  “Making Money Making Music” – was a terrific panel, led by the top two guys (musician/attorney Paul Quin, and musician/author/educator Dom Famularo) from TheSessons.orgthis panel included Billy Joel’s drummer Liberty DeVitto, and rock drumming legend Carmine Appice.  Jim DeCicco’s “Millionaire Mindset for Musicians” workshop used principles of NLP, metaphysics, and business conditions analysis to get us to shift our mental thinking processes around making more money as professional musicians.

I also had the pleasure of hanging out with sax player Jimmie “Thari” Highsmith (Alicia Keys), vocalist Fatima Razic, electric violinist/vocalist Razz, and sound engineering consultant Doug Gould.

At the Pigtronix booth, I was so blown away by the debut of their new Pigtronix Rototron pedal, I bought one, getting the NAMM convention artist discount!  It will hopefully arrive soon……

Sunday night brought tons of fun hanging out with Tony Antoniou of Psicraft designs and David Lovelace of Packrat Comics and Parallax Music (OMIGOD he’s a shredder)!  We were playing David’s beloved Roland Juno-106, that has now been outfitted with Tony’s Kiwi-106 microchip board and software update.  Videos coming soon……

Andrew Colyer with the new Pigtronix Rototron
Andrew Colyer with the new Pigtronix Rototron – rotary speaker simulator pedal
Roland Juno-106 with Kiwi-106 circuit board installed
Roland Juno-106 with Kiwi-106 circuit board installed
Andrew Colyer with Tony Antoniou (Psicraft Designs)
Andrew Colyer with Tony Antoniou (Psicraft Designs)
Andrew Colyer with David Lovelace (Packrat Comics,  Parallax Music)
Andrew Colyer with David Lovelace (Packrat Comics, Parallax Music)

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NAMM 2014 – Saturday – Day Three

NAMM 2014 – Day Three – it’s half over already!!  Saw an awesome demonstration of one of the coolest keyboards in history – the PianoArc (look for videos coming soon), and got to hang out with the only artist in the world performing on it at the present time – Brockett Parsons (Lady Gaga).  I got to hang out and grow my relationships with jazz musician/composer/producer/author Michael Gallant, rock musician/composer/producer/author Robbie Gennett, and Dave Medd (The Tubes). Dave Medd is also co-owner of Kryptonite Cases, the BEST case company on the planet.  I spoke to guitarist/educator Jesse Gresse and composer/bassist Doug Lunn about opening for their band Mahavishnu Project on some new tour dates!   I also got to see some amazing new in-ear and stage monitoring systems, courtesy of the recent merger between Behringer and Midas.  I had a great time playing the very cool and unique instrument Haken Audio Continuum Fingerboard, even doing a duet on the Haken Continuum with Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard)!

Michael Gallant, Andrew Colyer, and Robbie Gennett
Michael Gallant, Andrew Colyer, and Robbie Gennett
Andrew Colyer, Brockett Parsons (Lady Gaga), and Dave Medd (The Tubes)
Andrew Colyer, Brockett Parsons (Lady Gaga), and Dave Medd (The Tubes)
Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard) demoing the Haken Continuum
Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard) demoing the Haken Continuum

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